A campaign ad comparing Donald Trump to Osama bin Laden elicited an angry response from the White House. Politico reports that the Trump administration is calling on congressional Democrats to condemn the ad from Dan Helmer, a candidate for a House seat from Virginia.
The 30-second spot, which you can watch below, includes an image of bin Laden, followed by an image of Trump. “After 9/11 the greatest threat to our democracy lived in a cave. Today he lives in the White House,” Helmer says in the ad.
Today White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah called the message of the ad “nothing short of reprehensible.”
In a statement to reporters, Shah said: “Leaders from across the political spectrum — starting with Leader [Nancy] Pelosi — must swiftly condemn this abhorrent message.”
“Helmer is running in Virginia’s crowded 10th District primary to take on Rep. Barbara Comstock, one of the most vulnerable Republicans in Congress,” Politico notes. “Helmer’s campaign defended the ad Thursday, saying the ad sounds ‘the alarm about the threat to our democracy that President Trump poses.'”
Helmer’s campaign manager reportedly told Politico via Twitter: “What is abhorrent is the way this President has failed to uphold his oath of office, to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Here’s the ad …